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Mansfield Paralympic swimmers in world championships

Posted onPosted on 6th Jul
Mansfield Paralympic swimmers in world championships

Mansfield’s Paralympic swimmers Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw will be competing for world championship titles in Glasgow later this month.

Ollie (19) from Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Charlotte (28) from Mansfield, both train with Mansfield District Council’s Swimming Coach and Development Officer Glenn Smith, at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex in the town.

The competition pool at the complex was recently renamed the Hynd and Henshaw Competition Pool, in honour of the achievements by Ollie and Charlotte and also Ollie’s brother Sam, a former Paralympian swimmer who is now retired from competitive swimming.

​In the World Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, from 13 July, Ollie will be competing in the men’s SM8 200m individual medley, the S8 400m freestyle, which he won in Montreal 2013, and the S8 Category 100m backstroke.

The teenager, who was born with a muscle weakening condition called Neuro Muscular Myopathy, has won 16 medals to date –seven gold, five silver and four bronze.

He is the current Paralympic, World, European, and Commonwealth Champion and European record holder in the SM8 200m individual medley, an event in which he remains unbeaten at a major championship since 2011.

In Scotland, he will also be trying to defend his 400m freestyle title, in which his brother, Sam, Paralympic champion in 2008, still holds the world record. Ollie will be aiming to get near Sam’s record and defend his title from 2013.

Ollie is the current British record holder and Paralympic and World bronze medallist in the S8 100m backstroke.

Charlotte Henshaw, whose legs were amputated above the knee at 15 months old, is the Current European record holder for the women’s SB6 100m breaststroke, and is the Paralympic silver medallist from London 2012, and World Championship silver medallist in 2010, and bronze medallist in 2013.

Charlotte has been a medallist in every major International Paralympic Committee Swimming Championship since 2009, apart from 2014, where she unfortunately had to withdraw from the IPC European Championships due to illness.

Having to miss last year’s competition has made Charlotte even more determined to collect another major championship medal this year.

Speaking together Ollie and Charlotte said: “We are really excited as you don’t often get the chance to race at a home games, whether it’s in the Paralympics or World Championships. To have two people from Mansfield on a team of 15 is pretty special. We are feeling happy and confident and looking forward to Glasgow.”

The Executive Mayor Kate Allsop said: “On behalf of Mansfield District Council and the residents of the district I wish both Ollie and Charlotte the very best of luck at the World Championships. I know you will join me in supporting them every step of the way and we hope that once again they bring more medals home to Mansfield.”

All the action from Glasgow will be streamed live at

Ollie’s schedule for the World Championships

Wednesday 15 July: SM8 200m individual medley

Friday 17 July: S8 400m freestyle

Saturday 18 July: S8 100m backstroke

Charlotte’s schedule for the World Championships:

Tuesday 14 July, Womens SB6 Category 100m Breaststroke